11 Markets that Pay $100+ for Short Stories

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These markets pay $100 to $599 for fiction. Some also accept other genres, like non-fiction and poetry. These publishers are open now, or will open shortly for submissions. – S. Kalekar

Electric Literature: The Commuter
Electric Lit’s The Commuter is a space for poetry, flash, graphic, and experimental narratives. It publishes weekly and they’re accepting prose submissions – send either one standalone or three short, connected flash fiction pieces.
Deadline: 12 August 2019
Length: Up to 1,500 words
Pay: $100
Details here

Tin House Online
They are reading flash fiction, short poetry, and creative non-fiction for publishing online.
Deadline: 21 August 2019
Length: Up to 1,500 words for fiction, up to 3,000 words for non-fiction, up to three poems
Pay: $100 for flash fiction and poetry, $300 for non-fiction
Details here.

This Australian magazine publishes short stories, poetry, memoir and creative non-fiction, essays and literary criticism and they are reading work now for their November 2019 issue. Non-subscribers will be asked to take magazine subscription as part payment for their work. Submission of scholarly articles is accepted year-round.
Deadline: 31 August 2019 (for creative work)
Length: Up to 3,500 words for fiction and creative non-fiction; up to five poems; up to 5,000 words for essays; 500-700 words for reviews
Pay: AUD200 for short stories and articles, AUD120-150 for poetry, $120 for visual art/intro essay, AUD100 for reviews
Details here.

Book XI: a Journal of Literary Philosophy
This online magazine publishes personal essays, memoir, fiction, science fiction, humor, and poetry with philosophical themes. They publish only philosophically informed creative work, though their understanding of “philosophically informed” is capacious. They are currently reading fiction, and meditation/reflection on a material object.
Deadline: 1 September 2019 for fiction
Length: 2,000-7,000 words for prose (will read shorter or longer)
Pay: $200 for prose, $50 for poems
Details here.

This magazine has recently opened for global submissions. They accept all kinds of science fiction, fantasy and horror. They do not publish horror without a supernatural element. They also pay for art.
Deadline: 30 September 2019
Length: 2,000-8,000 words
Pay: AUD20-60 per 1,000 words (“assume the lower rate for unsolicited submissions”)
Details here.

Thunderbird Studios: Return to San Cicaro
They want stories set in a fictional world of San Cicaro – “yarns of dark urban fantasy, the weird, the macabre and the hopeful.” The guidelines also say, “Aside from editing and proofreading your work, the editors will also make very minor changes to fit your tale into San Cicaro itself. We may recommend street names, slightly modify passages to mention landmarks, or other such continuity tweaks. Most importantly, we may connect your story not only to the prior anthology, but to stories published in this release. Our ultimate goal is to add tiny details that join your story into a greater, connected narrative.” There is a list of thematic rules in the guidelines. The payment is for five-year rights.
Reading period: 8 August-11 October 2019
Length: 5,000-8,000 words
Pay: $135
Details here.

West Branch
This literary magazine has just opened its submission period. They publish fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, and translation.
Deadline: 1 April 2020
Length: Up to 30 pages of prose; up to six poems
Pay: $0.05/word for prose up to $100; $50 for poetry
Details here.

Colorado Review
This literary magazine has just opened for submissions of short fiction and poetry; non-fiction is accepted year-round. Online submissions are charged, but there is no fee for mailed submissions.
Deadline: 30 April 2020 for fiction and poetry
Length: 15-25 pages for prose, up to 15 pages for poetry
Pay: $200 for prose, $10 per page for poetry ($30 minimum)
Details here.

Deep Magic
They want clean fantasy and sci-fi stories. They won’t publish fiction with graphic violence, mature sexual themes, or profanity. They accept reprints.
Deadline: Open now
Length: Unspecified
Pay: $0.06/word, capped at $599 for stories longer than 10,000 words
Details here.

The New Quarterly
They publish writing only by Canadian citizens or residents. The magazine publishes fiction, poetry, postscripts, and non-fiction. Work is read year-round, but work received by 31 August gets responses around late January. They accept mailed submissions only.
Deadline: Rolling (see above)
Length: Up to 6,000 words for prose
Pay: CAD275 for fiction and non-fiction, CAD50 per poem or postscript
Details here.

This take-home story paper is distributed weekly in adult Sunday School classes. They publish fiction, non-fiction, “how-to” articles, short humor, poetry and first-person anecdotes. Their guidelines say, “We do not accept Bible fiction or SciFi. The stories should be encouraging, challenging, and/or humorous. Even problem-centered stories should be upbeat. Stories should not be preachy, critical, or moralizing. They should not present pat, trite, or simplistic answers to problems.” They also accept reprints.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 800-1,200 for cover stories, 200-600 words for inside stories, 12-25 lines for poetry
Pay: $0.10/word for prose, $35-60 for poetry
Details here (scroll down).

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